Paralysis Resource Center

To (1) Provide a national focus for the prevention of secondary conditions in persons within selected disability domains including mobility, personal care, communication, and learning; (2) build State capacity to coordinate program activities and assess the magnitude of disability in States; (3) employ
epidemiological methods to set priorities and direct health promotion interventions for persons with disabilities; (4) conduct research projects to understand secondary conditions and measure the impact of the environment on the lives of persons with disabilities, and conduct studies on the effectiveness of interventions in targeted groups of persons with disabilities; (5) fund and support a national limb loss information center; (6) fund and support a national information center on physical activity for persons with disabilities; (7) fund and support a national paralysis and quality of life/health promotion information and resource center; (8) fund and support a national spina bifida information and resource center and (9) fund and support intellectual disability projects.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

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Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial assistance has been awarded to operate a national resource center for persons with paralysis, their families, and their caregivers.

Financial assistance has been awarded to conduct activities to improve the health and wellness of people with intellectual disabilities.

In these cases, project funds may not be used to supplant State, local, or institutional funds available for these activities, or for construction costs, or to purchase facilities or space.

Grantees may enter into contracts as necessary to help achieve the objectives of their respective programs.

Distribution of grants will be at the discretion of ACL, and will be made according to the criteria communicated to the public via grant solicitation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Based on available funding for fiscal year 2014, ACL is expecting to support one project.

Eligibility for this program in the future will be open to all eligible organizations.

Eligible applicants will include public and private nonprofit entities, including universities, university-affiliated systems, not-for-profit medical centers, research institutions and rehabilitation hospitals, disability service groups such as advocacy and voluntary organizations and independent living centers, and federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

In addition to the eligible applicants, other groups who will receive benefits from the program include persons with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities, persons with limb loss, minority populations, refugees, infants, children, youth, adults, senior citizens, women, all educational levels, all income levels, urban, suburban, and rural populations, health/ rehabilitation professionals, scientists, educators, and researchers.


Proof of nonprofit status. Compliance with statutes, regulations, and approval of State agency and ACL office. Costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Parts 74 and 92 of Title 45 of the Coded of Federal Regulations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Application forms are submitted through a centralized depository and received by the awarding agency Administration for Community Living. Applicants generally apply under a program announcement indicating all the necessary application procedures to be followed.

State disability and health cooperative agreement competitive awards are determined by an objective review committee process at ACL. At such times, awards will be based on evaluation criteria set forth in the respective Program Announcements, the availability of funds, and such other significant factors as deemed necessary and appropriate by ACL. Awards for disability and health projects will be issued for expected project periods of 3 years. The Notices of Grant Award will indicate financial support for the first budget year, allocations of Federal funds by budget category, and special conditions, if any.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Public Health Service Act, Title 42, Part 241(a), Section 301(a) , Public Law USC-42 U.S.C. 247(b.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Range is 60 to 90 days from receipt of application.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The Notice of Award will indicate terms and conditions. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports are required and due dates are described in the notice of award terms and conditions.

Federal financial reports are required no later than 30 days after the end of each specified budget period.

Final financial status report and final program report are required 90 days after the end of the project.

Grantees will be required to complete the Federal Cash transaction portion of the SF425, Federal Financial Reports as well as entering data into the payment management system.

Progress reports are required and as described in the terms and conditions of the award.

Expenditure reports are required for each budget period.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the program shall be retained for a minimum of three years, or until completion and resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. In all cases, records must be retained until resolution of any audit questions. Property records must be retained in accordance with HHS Grants Policy Statement requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 13 Not Separately Identifiable(Exp: PRC was previously administered ); FY 14 est $6,683,000; and FY 15 est $6,683,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Ophelia McLain Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Administration for Community Living
One Massachusetts Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 202-690-7025

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications must address demonstrated program need, the magnitude of the problem, the management work plan, collaborative associations, and the approach toward setting and meeting overall project objectives and time frames. These future competitive applications would also be evaluated on the capacity of the applicant to demonstrate effective collaborations with other agencies and data sources critical to preventing secondary conditions, identifying and addressing health promotion needs for persons with disabilities, denoting the capability of the project to address minority and low-income populations in the prevention of secondary conditions, promoting accessibility to all program services for persons with disabilities, and offering sound proposals toward development of surveys and surveillance for useful data bases within outlined targeted disability activities.

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